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Department of Economic Development - Agricultural Services

Mobile Agricultural Science Lab is Coming to Montgomery County Schools in Fall of 2015

Montgomery County Economic Development - Agricultural Services Division, in partnership with the Montgomery County Farm Bureau, Montgomery County Public Schools, the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation (MAEF) and the Montgomery Countryside Alliance are working collectively in bringing a Mobile Science Lab to Montgomery County Elementary Schools.   The theme for this mobile science lab is entitled Food, Fiber and you.

The Mobile Science Lab will provide a variety of hands-on experiences in County schools to further engage students in learning about agriculture.  The County will utilize the mobile lab programs and services provided by the MAEF to deliver specialized education to the students in the elementary schools of MCPS through the Food, Fiber and You program.

The goal is to utilize the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation programs to increase the opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning about where food comes from in a unique learning environment where they will hypothesize, experiment, collect data and draw conclusions from lessons relevant to everyday life.

Over the next five years, the mobile science lab will reach every elementary school in the County.   For more info on the Mobile Science Lab, please click on the following link: Mobile Science Lab


Support Local Agriculture by Visiting your local Farmers' Markets or On Farm Markets


From My Backyard to Our Bay

Now available online!

(click above)

A Howard and Montgomery County Resident's Guide to Improving Our Environment and Our Drinking Water...(read more)

Participate in the Buy Local Challenge this year and support our local farmers!

Sign up for email announcements on Agricultural News and Information or the Annual Farm Tour

(follow the link, above, to create an account and check applicable boxes under "Economic Development")

Topics of Interest:

Attention Fruit and Vegetable Producers! Are you looking for a wholesale buyer for your produce? Download our list of Regional Wholesale Produce Buyers (92 kb/PDF).

Looking for a reliable source of fresh, local fruits and vegetables for the next growing season? Join one of Montgomery County's Community-Supported Agricultural Operations (CSAs). Hurry, subscriptions are limited and fill up fast!

Deer Management - Find out how the Division is supporting County deer management efforts.

Farmland Preservation - Learn how to preserve your farm for future generations.

Publications - Download fact sheets, pamphlets, the Montgomery County Horse Study, and the Montgomery County Farm Directory. 

The Agricultural Services Division was created to support and promote the viability of the agricultural industry in Montgomery County. Agricultural activities occupy about one-third of Montgomery County's land area and the County's diverse agricultural industry - 540 farms and 350 horticultural enterprises - produces more than $287 million in economic contribution and employs more than 10,000 residents.  



The Agricultural Services Division works to increase the public's awareness of the value and economic impact of agriculture. In order to preserve working farmland, the Division works closely with farmers in the County's Agricultural Reserve. More than half of the County's 93,000 acres of viable farmland is now preserved through transfer of development rights or easement purchase intiatives. Two years before its 2010 goal, the County achieved its farmland preservation goal to protect 70,000 acres of farmland.


The majority of Montgomery County farms are family-run operations, many reaching back several generations, and these farms are state-of-the-art agricultural operations, contributing to the County's incredibly strong economy. Preserving farmland as a resource ensures that Montgomery County will have agricultural production capabilities in the future.

Contact us by phone or email

The Division cooperates with the following departments, agencies and nonprofit organizations:


Montgomery Soil Conservation District

University of Maryland Extension in Montgomery County

The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission   

Maryland Department of Agriculture

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Farm Service Agency


National Capital Farms


Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry


The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development
Agricultural Services Division
18410 Muncaster Road · Derwood, Md 20855
Phone: 301-590-2823 · Fax: 301-590-2839